Coalition MPs, Tony Abbott attack Safe Schools program

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In late February, following pressure from Senator Cory Bernardi and a number of Coalition MPs, Prime Minister Turnbull launched an investigation into the Safe Schools program, which was seen as being used to indoctrinate children.

Spearheaded by the Safe Schools Coalition Australia, the national taxpayer-funded program provides an opt-in service to Australian schools, to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) children. As well as helping LGBTI children gain confidence, the program also offers “skills, practical ideas and greater confidence” to teachers and parents to create inclusive environments and prevent bullying of vulnerable students.

Until recently, the scheme, which receives $8 million per annum of federal funding and is being run at almost 500 schools across Australia, had the Coalition’s backing. Now, a number of Coalition backbenchers, including Cory Bernardi, George Christensen and former prime minister Tony Abbott, have criticised its work. 

Mr Bernardi, who put the initial pressure on Prime Minister Turnbull to investigate the competency of the program, called it a “disgrace”. He made the bold statement that it “bullies heterosexual children into submission to the gay agenda”.

The Safe Schools program was launched in 2010 under Tony Abbott’s government. However, Mr Abbott has become the latest politician to criticise its work, saying, “It’s not an anti-bullying program, it’s a social engineering program…Its funding should be terminated.”

Despite a number of children and parents reporting positive outcomes from the program, the Australian Christian Lobby has expressed concerns that the program is more damaging than helpful, claiming that it “imposes a sexual agenda on children” by raising inappropriate issues for teenagers and young children.

On Q&A on Monday night, director of the Australian Christian Lobby, Lyle Shelton called into dispute the “sexualised content” of the program, and its message to children that gender was not “uniform”.

“A lot of parents would be rightly concerned about this, that this goes way beyond an anti-bullying program,” he said. Mr Shelton was also against the program giving children information about performing “chest binding” and “penis tucking”, labelling it “radical action which they [the children] would later regret”.

Read more at:
theaustralian.com.au
theage.com.au
abc.net.au

Opinion: Giving kids the support they need

With data revealing that the majority of LGBTI young people experience some form of abuse from their peers, the need for a program like Safe Schools is undeniable – not just to support LGBTI kids, but to teach straight and cisgender (those who identify with their biological sex) children how to be tolerant.

Research into homophobia from the Bully Zero Australia Foundation found that:

  • 61 per cent of same sex attracted or gender diverse young people in Australia have experienced verbal abuse.
  • 18 per cent of same sex attracted or gender diverse young people in Australia have experienced physical abuse.
  • 80 per cent of these homophobic and transphobic incidents take place in schools. 

Despite Australia seeing itself as a tolerant nation, many race, gender and sexual prejudices persist. The Safe Schools program should not be seen as a threat to our society or our children, but a means by which we can become more inclusive and progressive. 

Considering that schools can choose whether to opt-in to the program and choose which services to include, I see no reason why it should be cut. Additionally, parents who take umbrage to particular content can always have their child omitted from the program (to the child’s educational detriment, in my opinion). Why should some children, who could gain so much benefit from the program, be denied such a great experience?

While conservative individuals and organisations may see the education provided by the Safe Schools Coalition as some kind of threat to children’s innocence, I see their reds-under-the-bed style of fearmongering over the program as a threat to our ongoing progress to create a more empathetic society.

What’s your stance on this issue? Do you think the program is a good thing to have in our schools or is it teaching inappropriate content? Do you think it’s possible to eliminate bullying from our schools via a program such as Safe Schools?

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Written by ameliath

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    Enough of this social engineering. There is no need to be spending millions of dollars when there is a no cost alternative of just letting nature take its course.

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      i’m enclined to see that point of view also-idontforget- all that wasted money could have been put to improving health system, and education, but obviously the wrong education has been started.
      Respect of ppl in general should be taught….
      Much of this should be taught at home, but trouble is – it is NOT, there lies the problems

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      But it’s NOT social engineering. It’s an anti-bullying programme.

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      It’s not social engineering. The program provides resources to help those who are ALREADY BEING BULLIED because of their sexuality (or perceived sexuality).

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    Please dont tell me that kids in their pubescent years wont be affected by this overt material bringing to the forefront of their minds material that will cause them to upset any equilibrium they might be forming and further question their own gender status!
    The safe schools program is not about bullying (if it was it would be about all issues related to bullying!). It is a social engineering action prepared by clearly biassed homosexuals with an agenda to recruit our uncertain kids in their formative years. Take your hands off our kids and let parents be their guide. And print stuff about bullying, not a guide to accepting that they are aberrant.

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      It is impossible to “recruit” someone to homosexuality.

      Describing homosexuality as aberrant is either bigotry or ignorance.

      Your ignorance is sad, but can be cured if you choose to improve your knowledge.

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      Observer, you are100% correct, parents are quite capable of assisting children if they have questions regarding gender issues. Most primary school children would not be thinking about these issues, they are children for pity’s sake, let them run, climb, giggle and just play. It’s called being a child, something that doesn’t last very long. Schools already have anti bullying on the agenda and there is no reason to put into young minds, issues they have no knowledge of and really do not need to have.

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      margie – sadly, a lot of parents are quite incapable of doing what you say.

      And have you spent time n a schoolyard lately? Are you aware that “You’re gay” is a very popular insult?

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      Barak, you may be right with saying a lot of parents are incapable or don’t want to be bothered, but there are many that do want to have these talks with their children and do not need schools and Government to poke their nose into what should be a parents right to decide whether their children are at the level to understand. I’m aware of the insults but really do you need a safe school program to inform children that this may be hurtful? Most children call everyone ‘gay’ not just the ones who are, and what about all the other name calling from making fun of your features, name, body, hair colour to what you eat for lunch, these are matters that with maturity and respectful parents will cease. But no matter what anyone does, name calling will exist in some form or other and it is impossible to legislate against every possibility. Maybe better education for parents is the key and we wouldn’t need this discussion.

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      Actually margie – Observer is far from 100% correct.

      This is especially wrong: The safe schools program is not about bullying (if it was it would be about all issues related to bullying!). It is a social engineering action prepared by clearly biassed homosexuals with an agenda to recruit our uncertain kids in their formative years.

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      Overt?

      Can I suggest you do a bit of reading?

      Go to Safe Schools website and read the resources.

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      Observer – you’ve obviously not read the resources from Safe Schools.

      Nor would you have done ANY research into bullying.

      This program is totally focused on bullying, and indeed, apart from encouraging kids not to use homophobic language does nothing to encourage kids to seek out a different sexuality. ALL the material is about minimising bullying of kids who are different.

      It appears you’re also under the mistaken belief that kids can be recruited to gaydom.

      Your statement ‘leave our kids alone’ shines a bright light on where your thoughts are. In an earlier time, I suggest you would have been happy to see minorities forced to pin triangles on their jackets or be sent to ghettos because they aren’t like us.

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      I was thinking the same thing as I read that , Barak. And as for parents to instruct their children, I wonder how high the percentage is of parents who don’t give rats arse about what their children think or say;the parents say what they want and allow the children to copy them. The bullying child is due to he/she not getting the love and encouragement in their studies from their home life,therefore getting low marks, so to offset that they like to throw their weight around to show they can achieve something within their mind to offset their lack of educational achievement. As for homosexuality, you either are or aren’t. You cannot drawn in to the state. The whole thing boils down
      to tolerance towards these pupils, remembering that they may not have a mother or a father like you, so how would you feel about that.Unfortunately , religion and the government are of no use here.

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      I have already had discussions with our MP on this, which we see
      as more inclined towards UNSAFE than SAFE.We agree with OBSERVER, but not just parents but also grand-parents too have a
      responsibility in guiding their grand-kids.
      Really look into this fully and is definitely leaning more to Social Engineering with the bullying issue as a side bar.

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      Troubadour: I suggest that rather than talking with your MP, who will have an opinion that may be swayed by their party preferences, you have a look at Safe Schools (http://www.safeschoolscoalition.org.au).

      Click on Resources – there is a wealth of information there.

      Yes, some of these can be misinterpreted or taken out of context. For example, there is a guide to supporting a student to affirm or transition gender identity, which includes advice to let a student use the toilet or changing room that they feel most comfortable in. Just this sentence has scared a lot of people, but put into context, the document makes VERY CLEAR at the start that consideration be given to a child’s age and maturity before discussing anything with them, all discussions should be led by the student (ie. the school’s role in individual situations is reactive not proactive) and the family/parents role must be taken into account, balanced with the school’s duty of care.

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      Well said Observer. More to this “Anti Bullying” campaign than meets the eye. (Telling pre school children that they don’t have to be a boy or a girl ? Asking new parents if their baby is a boy or a girl is somehow wrong ? ) Yes Social Engineering at it’s most dangerous.

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      Gwen – Is this program really telling pre school children that they don’t have to be a boy or a girl ?

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      Spot on Observe

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      Oh please. Homophobia lives, doesn’t it?

      Kids can’t be turned gay. They can be informed, they can be helped to understand who they already are.

      And recruit? FFS. Are you that ignorant?

      You would rather kids were beaten up, scared every moment of their lives? That they hide because you are so narrow minded and stuck in your heteronormativity you can’t see this is the 21st century?

      You are out of touch, there is no place for your ignorance anymore.

      From a gay, queer, lesbian 😉

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      Abby – Your beliefs are contradicted by facts.

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    We are in the midst of a battle between the “Religious Right” and the rest of us. The religious fundamentalists, who are well represented in the LNP (at least very vocally represented), are narrow minded bigots who cannot accept the fact that the majority of people do not share their views on life and human nature.
    A lack of tolerance is their stock in trade and they, despite their professed Christian beliefs, use misinformation and downright lies as weapons to get their own way.
    The school programme is not social engineering but purely an educational method of enlightening children to understand we are not all the same but do all deserve respect.
    Keep in mind this bunch of “Christians” are the same mob who forced their social engineering into schools via their school chaplan program to replace councellors.

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      And herein lies the real problem. If you can’t put forward a logical and well thought out opinion on the matter, whatever your beliefs may be, just resort to name calling and denigration of those that may have a different opinion than what you have.

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      Now there lies the real problem.
      If they don’t agree with your narrow minded bigoted idea call them a narrow minded bigot.
      Or maybe a racist or sexist or maybe a bully, whatever raises the sentiment and clouds any argument.

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      Sorry idontforget. I didn’t mean to agree with you.

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      Spot on, Tom.

      Idontforget: Tom put forward a very well-thought-out opinion on the matter. He also pointed out that religious fundamentalists like Bernardi are narrow-minded bigots, which seems to me to be a pretty accurate description. Why shouldn’t they be called out for what they are? If you don’t agree that they are narrow-minded bigots then don’t just slag off Tom: give your reasons.

      On the face of it, there’s no reason why the Safe Schools program, like any other program, shouldn’t be periodically reviewed. But there’s no more reason to choose this program over Chaplains in Schools, say. Less, in fact. Will it be a fair and open review? Unlikely. Governments usually don’t review anything unless they’ve engineered the result they want. Turnbull has shown no inclination to stand up to the Religious Right so far; I have no confidence he will do so now.

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      Tom: and for decades schools turned out people who had respect and who had a moral code. In your attempts to tear down anything good to pacify those who seek to impose their sicknesses onto the country you avoid true debate and throw out the one liners.
      If you think that teachers are bad and homosexuals are wonderful then please educate your own in the ways of stupidity and perverse behaviour. Will save taxpayers money.

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      Mick – which bit of “you can opt out” of the Safe Schools Program didn’t you get? Did we get that choice when school counsellors were sacked in favour of chaplains?

      And Idontforget – in the “name calling’ department, doesn’t that rule apply to you? Do you know anything about the appalling suicide and bullying rate among homosexual and transgender kids? And did you really want to be associated with Corey Bernardi and his relentless lack of christian charity towards those he disapproved of? I know it’s frustrating being told how to behave – but sometimes, it’s because we behave really badly!

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      Mick, I think you misread Tom’s comments – in fact he agrees with you, and wants to get rid of those (the religious zealots) who want to impose their sickness (homophobia) on society. Like most of us, he wants to return to a situation where schools are turning out well educated, balanced, socially adept people, and Safe Schools is one link in that chain. As you probably know as well as anyone, both teachers and homosexuals can be good or they can be bad – their professions or sexual inclinations don’t have any determination on which category they fall into. I think you owe him an apology.

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      I would like to point out that the term “narrow minded bigot” is a statement describing the people concerned it is not name calling.
      I am certainly NOT homosexual although I do know quite a few who are, including a couple of relatives. They are just like everyone else, go to the footy, enjoy a drink in fact the only giveaway is that they are usually better mannered and better dressed.
      Being homosexual is not a “sickness” but since God created all life on earth he must have created them as well. If your religious beliefs are such that you abhor homosexuals you are therefore abhorring some of Gods creations.
      I should say I was brought up in a church going family and have travelled quite widely trying to keep an open mind with a tolerance for other beliefs and customs. That attitude appears to be a little foreign to some contributors to this discussion.

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      Mick,
      Your quote: “and for decades schools turned out people who had respect and who had a moral code. In your attempts to tear down anything good to pacify those who seek to impose their sicknesses onto the country…..”

      Where did you learn that homosexuality is a sickness? This is a genuine question, I really want to know. Who on earth taught you that?

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    Would the homophobes here prefer that kids learnt all about sexuality issues entirely in the schoolyard and from random websites they find themselves, or from a structured educational program?

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      And Barak, if you tried to bully me by calling me a homophobe to my face, which I am not, I think you would benefit from a quick little ‘attitude adjustment’ program.

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      Idontforget – that your response to my comment is effectively a threat definitely shows the maturity of your position.

      It’s the response of a bully.

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      Telling someone they need attitude adjustment is bullying?
      I guess “excuse me” is bullying too.

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      No Cautious, “excuse me” is not bullying.

      Mick, I am not the topic here.

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      Either the moderator got in quick, or Mick saw the wisdom of not writing what his post said before it disappeared.

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      Not sure how describing someone as a homophobe is bullying if they are, but threatening them with a quick “attitude adjustment” certainly is. I gather from Idontforget’s response that he supports the rights of gay people – he supports gay marriage, and supports their right to the same legal benefits as heterosexuals. Why couldn’t he say that without the threat?

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      The sexualisation of children borders on child abuse and grooming.

      It is a pity adults can’t keep sex out of children’s lives for at least the first few years.

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      Correct, Rae – but that is not happening with this programme.

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    If letting ‘nature take its course’ means letting the bullying of LGBTI children happen, then I’m not for that type of nature. When children are told/taught not to bully, it means telling them not to pick on the disabled kid, the dyslexic kid, the black kid or the kid wearing the yamulka etc. Kids are told why they should not pick on them, assault them or gang up on them. Part of that includes telling kids that it is wrong to bully others because they have a different religion, have a different skin colour, have a disability. They are also told that being different is not a bad thing or a wrong thing or a thing justifying bullying. How many of you felt different at school? Or that your family was not the right type of family for the neighbourhood? It may not have been visible and you may have flown under the radar of the school bullies if you were lucky.
    This program does not promote lesbian, gays, trans-sexuality etc. It is teaching kids that it is OK to be LGBTI and that it is not OK to bully kids who are different in this. You can no more persuade a straight person that they should be gay than you can tell a pig to grow wings and fly. A kids equilibrium is far, far more upset – shredded in fact – by those whose peers and whose parents fear and loath gays etc. They never stop questioning, a good thing I thought. Fear and loathing by society has never persuaded a person to ‘change’ who they are attracted to. It has persuaded many to attempt or commit suicide though. Is this really worth it?

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      And here is a respectfully put opinion. Nothing wrong with that.

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      Hey Stretch, well put. The program is about anti bullying, to describe it as social engineering is a farcical twisting of the truth. No wonder it provokes some to respond with indignation to such prejudicial views masquerading as harmless ‘opinion’.

      Let ‘nature take it’s course’ Idontforget and cop it if it’s dished out as quid pro quo. There was nothing respectful in your comment. Why not withdraw the 20 time$ amount that is splurged on clergy at schools. Why should non religious people be paying for this?

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      Very well said.

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      Well said Stretch.

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    The Labor polly who opposed the SS program did so because it’s primary focus was purely on homosexual or transexual bullying. A lot of other types of bullying goes on in schools, but these I am told are not given the same emphasis. So why the big emphasis on LGBTI issues? To me it sounds like the program was deliberately hijacked by the gaystapo as part of their plan to push homosexuality and encourage sexual experimentation in our young people during their formative years. Our school children are being given explicit detail on homosexual activities, and at an early age as well. But I doubt they are given the same detailed information about HIV, STDs and unwanted pregnancies caused by gay sex or experimentation. I am against bullying but this program will not stamp it out. It has always been there in one form or another and, unfortunately, will always be there. Bullying will not disappear from our schools with the SS program. So get rid of it and save our children from this insidious LGBTI propaganda. I suppose the gaystapo and the PC police will brand me a bigot or homophobe because of my views, but who cares, I don’t. I, like many other Australians, are taking a stand against this evil rot.

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      I’m a high school teacher. I sat in a class on Tuesday where students were given “detailed information about HIV, STDs and unwanted pregnancies caused by gay sex or experimentation”.

      Next?

      Also, abolishing a program because it only addresses a subset of bullying strikes me as weird. Surely, if you actually want bullying to reduce, you would expand the program, not abolish it. The latter approach suggests you actually have no interest in stopping bullying, but a lot of dislike of people whose sexuality is different from yours.

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      Well that answers our questions Barak all school teachers are left wingers and support all sorts of fringe programs like this it should be completely abolished as an absolute waste of money.

      Better to home school your kids and you don”t have to put up with this crap.

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      Er, unwanted pregnancies don’t result from gay sex …

      TassiePete: sounds to me like you don’t know anything about the program you’re criticising. It’s not “insidious LGBTI propaganda” at all but an attempt to encourage tolerance and understanding of people whose sexuality in not that of the mainstream. And as others have pointed out, you can’t make a straight person gay just as you can’t make a gay person straight. Clearly you ARE a bigot. AND a homophobe.

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      Mx Barak, it is all very nice that you sat in on a class that gave info on HIV, etc, but what would you personally teach? What emphasis would you make? You don’t say. Let the students make up their own minds, perhaps? Would you give the pro and con cases equal weight? or are you on the side of the LGBTIs as it seems to me?

      Expanding the program so it gives a good all-round approach to bullying may help, provided it does not place emphasis on only one type of bullying. But kids are kids and bullies will always be there. There may be better ways to combat this problem in schools. Ever heard of student “bully patrols”, for instance, to police the problem?

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      The normal right wing post from you robbo. Readers would be sick of your BS which rarely have any facts. Just demonising of anything which is not owned by right wing governments. That is what trolls do!

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      Barak says he sat in a class where students were given “detailed information about HIV, STDs and unwanted pregnancies caused by gay sex or experimentation”.

      As I did not attend the same class, perhaps Barak could enlighten me as to how HIV, STIs and unwanted pregnancy is caused by gay sex (i.e. man to man or woman to woman).

      If that is the quality of the education those kids are getting, it is way beyond time for a review.

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      not at all a nice comment mick, I give you credit for being better than that.

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      Mx Ghoti, labeling people as a bigot or homophobe is a scare tactic used by the PC police, gaystapo and others to silence their critics. Society NEEDS debate on all these issues and not have one side frantically working to SILENCE the other by whatever means they can. This seems to happen all too often as we see many of these small interest groups making hostile allegations about those who criticise them or their agendas. Because of the PC police our politicians and community leaders and press are “persuaded” to accept beliefs or policies that are not in the interest of the public and not of any benefit of society in general. By the way I am not a bigot or homophobe. Thanks for the insult.

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      KSS – when I wrote of “how HIV, STIs and unwanted pregnancy is caused by gay sex”, I was quoting someone else, just as I quoted you there.

      It’s a shame I have to explain that.

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      ” Our school children are being given explicit detail on homosexual activities, and at an early age as well.” – that is rubbish, TassiePete.

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      Two points.

      This program is but one of the many anti-bullying programs in place. And it is not as well funded as others.

      Secondly, the program is aimed at helping a minority that is vastly over-represented in bullying cases. That is, emphasis is given to those that are most at risk.

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      Barak “I was quoting someone else, just as I quoted you there.” and that is the point, if that’s what the kids are being taught it desperately needs review.

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      If you were quoting someone else, he or she was an idiot and you should have ignored them, because as several have pointed out, the words made no sense.

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    It hard enough to be a kid without being made to feel bad about not conforming to stereotypes. Anything which informs kids that difference is normal and all people are of value and no-one should be bullied has to be worthwhile. Its never too early to teach kids that every person is of value. Also when these topics are out in the open they don’t seem so interesting to the kids and so also not so much a vehicle for bad behaviour. With appropriate education I hope that younger generations will not carry all the prejudices and intolerances that many of my generation hang on to even today.

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      Spot on. There is nothing more boring than your teacher ‘lecturing’ you when you’re a teenager or kid.

      A lot of these comments are actually very nasty towards kids who are LGBTI – I don’t know if those who are opposed to this program are aware that their opinion does spill in to the public sphere and the hostility these adults show towards LGBTI actually does seriously hurt and damage these kids?

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      Great comments Happy cyclist and Stretch.

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    Like it or not we live in a society that has changed and continues to grow with acceptance of a variety of lifestyle choices. There may be a need to look at the content and method of delivery of courses but we shouldn’t deny our children the opportunity to get unbiased information about issues that impact on their lives.

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      I agree.

      All programs that present information to kids need to be reviewed every now and again to ensure the information is contemporary (and accurate based on up to date research).

      Education departments have clear guidelines on when and how all programs are reviewed and updated.

      This program has been treated differently, in that a review has been forced by members of a political party, and by a tiny fringe religious lobby group (ACL), and not in line with the review guidelines.

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    Our son grew up in a small country town and was very shy and didn’t feel confident wih girls. He went to the ANU in Canberra and on the opening day we were inundated by Gay and lesbian groups to join their friendship groups. Also free offers to join Gay clubs in Canberra. They preyed on single lonely people far from home and with no friends or support. I wonder how many of those poor lonely youth were coerced to become gay. We went to the Canberra City Uniting church and told them what was happening and that there was an ideal opportunity and urgent need for a church youth group at the ANU, and were dismayed that they were not interested at all. Our son did not like the Gay and Lesbian coercion at the ANU and soon left and went to Sydney where I am happy to say he is now happily married. But I am utterly disgusted at the way the Gay and Lesbian lobby is preying on single lonely and very vulnerable youth, I am disgusted with the ANU and the Uniting City Church.

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      Mike, people cannot be coerced to become gay.

      Were you coerced to become heterosexual?

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      Oh, pleeeeeeeeeeeease! Sexual orientation is not a choice — its who you are. Get a grip Mike.

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      Mike, did it even occur to your son that maybe he was not being “coerced” but rather that that particular group was extending true friendship, seeing he was “shy” maybe they felt sorry for him. You don’t need to be gay to have gay friends you know. Gay people have had such a tough time in so many ways that they tend to be much more empathetic than us straight people. Maybe they were just trying to be nice to your sad son when no-one else seemed to care.

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      Happy cyclist, sexual orientation may not be choice, but living the gay lifestyle is.

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      Mike, there is a well organised gay and lesbian lobby for things such as marriage equality and there are their many supporters. I’ve lived a long time and I’ve yet to see this lobby try to persuade someone to their ‘side’. Maybe it has happened, but it must surely be the exception. I sympathise with your son and can see how such an intro to Uni could be distressing and confronting. Coupled with the brashness, lack of subtlety and black&white view of the world that many young uni students have plus the 24/7 obsession with sex teenagers have (ok, before I get howled down that was a bit of a generalisation) it must’ve been pretty full on for your boy. My guess is he would’ve married etc regardless.

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      I think your comments are off-topic.

      Safe Schools is aimed at high schools, not universities.

      Also, clubs in universities are managed and supported by the student body. ANU, like all other universities, has a very diverse group of clubs and societies, including religious and bible study groups.

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      Mike it is possible your son would have felt less threatened by the presence of a ‘gay friendly’ group welcoming gays to the university if he had been brought up to be accepting of the fact that gays and lesbians exist and have needs to feel a sense of inclusion, albeit from fellow homosexuals. The fact that he felt threatened suggests he was not comfortable with the existence of homosexuality.

      When my gay son first went to university age 18 he felt as alienated as he had always felt in society at large. I would have been delighted if a welcoming gay and lesbian group had been there to greet him on orientation day.

      You are showing your extreme ignorance when you suggest that anyone can change the sexual orientation of another person.

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    We need to know the percentage of kids who honestly express this type of concern. In my view the same sex lobby would have such a program even if there was only 1 in a whole school……and ignore other forms of bullying.

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      It’s not the “same sex lobby” – which is running this programme. It’s concerned teachers.

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      That’s a pretty misinformed comment.

      Firstly, the initiative is a coalition of schools and organisations, not the ‘gay lobby”.

      Secondly, every study has shown that kids who are ‘different’ are more likely to be bullied (http://nobullying.com/bullying-statistics-2014/)

      Thirdly, there are many anti-bullying programs underway – this is just one of them. Most are general but a few (like this one) are aimed at minority groups.

      Your argument implies that 1 kid being bullied is okay. I find that abhorrent.

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      Even more reason for the program if there is only one kid in the school (which is very unlikely). That kid is at even greater risk of bullying and suicide than if there are several who can identify with each other and hopefully support each other.

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